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JERRY B. JENKINS

Dr. Jerry B. Jenkins, former vice president for publishing       
and currently writer-at-large for the Moody Bible Institute of     
Chicago, is the author of more than 170 books, including the       
65,000,000-selling Left Behind series. Jerry Jenkins has been     
awarded four honorary doctorates from Bethel College               
(Indiana), Trinity International University (Illinois),           
Colorado Christian University, and Huntington College             
(Indiana).                                                         
The Rising, the 13th book in the Left Behind series, was a New     
York Times best-seller. The Rising was the first in a trilogy     
of books about what happened to the Left Behind characters         
before the Rapture. The Regime, Book 14, released November 15,     
2005, and The Rapture released June 6, 2006.                       
The last book in the Left Behind series, Kingdom Come released     
April 2007 and hit #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List.       
Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye's most recent collaboration is       
John's Story the first book in the new Jesus Chronicles series     
from Putnam Praise. It debuted at #25 on the New York Times       
Bestseller List. Riven, Jerry's standalone novel, will release     
from Tyndale in March 2008.                                       
Also the former editor of Moody Magazine, Dr. Jenkins's           
writing has appeared in Time, Reader's Digest, Parade,             
Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals. Jerry Jenkins     
and Tim LaHaye were profiled in a May 24, 2004 cover story in     
Newsweek magazine entitled "The New Prophets of Revelation."       
Jerry Jenkins's non-fiction books include as-told-to               
biographies with Hank Aaron, Brett Butler, Bill Gaither, Orel     
Hershiser, Luis Palau, Walter Payton, Nolan Ryan, and Sammy       
Tippit among many others. The Hershiser and Ryan books reached     
the New York Times best-seller list. Behind the Stories           
(Baker: 2002) tells more about Jerry Jenkins in the chapter,       
"The Test of Success."                                             
Dr. Jenkins also assisted Dr. Billy Graham with his memoirs,       
Just As I Am, also a New York Times bestseller. Beginning in       
1993, Jerry Jenkins spent 13 months assisting Dr. Graham with     
his autobiography. He considers the time he spent with Dr.         
Graham the privilege of a lifetime.                               
Jerry Jenkins owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company     
in Los Angeles, which produced the critically-acclaimed movie     
Hometown Legend, based on his book of the same name. Hometown     
Legend was listed as one of the Top 10 family films of 2002 by     
Good News Communication's MOVIEGUIDE. Visit the official site     
for details on the latest award-winning production of Midnight     
Clear. You'll find information about this remarkable new film     
as well as ordering information. The feature film, Midnight       
Clear, was the Winner of the Special Jury Prize for "Best         
First Feature" at the 2007 Cinequest Film Festival.               
Dr. Jenkins also owns the Christian Writers Guild, which aims     
to train tomorrow's professional Christian writers and has         
nearly 2,000 members worldwide. The centerpiece of the Jerry       
B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild is a brand-new, e-mail         
correspondence course tailored to fit the busiest lifestyle.       
Students are personally mentored by a seasoned professional       
writer or editor via e-mail throughout the two-year program.       
Coursework is also available for young writers 8-12 as well as     
a program for teens. Check the website for details.               
The Guild will hold its 8th Writing for the Soul conference at     
The Broadmoor, in Colorado Springs, CO, from January 31           
through February 3, 2008. The kick-off speaker will be Lee         
Strobel, best-selling author of The Case for Christ The           
Conference features six workshop tracks for adults and one         
just for teens, plus the opportunity to make one-on-one           
appointments with dozens of publishing reps and literary           
agents. For details visit the Christian Writers Guild website     
or call toll-free (866) 495-5177, ext. 15.                         
The Guild has also launched its latest writing contests          
Operation First Novel and Operation First Book (nonfiction)       
for unpublished authors. The grand prize is $20,000 for           
Fiction, plus publication by Tyndale House. Entry deadline is     
October 3, 2007. (Must be a Guild member by September 19,         
2007.) The winner of the nonfiction contest will receive           
$10,000 and possible publication by Harvest House. Entry           
deadline is September 5, 2007. (Must be a member by September     
19, 2007.) Winners in both fiction and nonfiction categories       
will be announced January 31, 2008 at the Christian Writers       
Guild Conference in Colorado Springs. Click here for contest       
details.                                                           
As a marriage and family author and speaker, Dr. Jenkins has       
been a frequent guest on Dr. James Dobson's Focus On the           
Family radio program. Jerry Jenkins wrote the nationally           
syndicated sports story comic strip, Gil Thorp, from 1996-2004.   
He speaks widely, primarily on writing, and is a sought-after     
humorist. Please check Jerry Jenkins's itinerary for details       
of upcoming speaking engagements and other appearances.           
He and his wife Dianna have three grown sons and four             
grandchildren and live in Colorado.